How to get the most out of your golf lessons – part four

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“I wish to emphasize that there are no secrets to golf.”Ernest Jones

By Ian Hardie

In the first three posts of this series – How to get the most out of your golf lessons, How to get the most out of your golf lessons – part two and How to get the most out of your golf lessons – part three

I outlined the most effective things that golfers have done over the years before they even book their lessons – which seem to help them to get the most out of the time we spend together working on improving their golf during the lesson

As you may remember they were:

  1. To make the decision to improve, solve the problem or learn as much as possible
  2. To make the decision to set aside some time over the next few days or weeks afterwards to actually implement what it is that they will be told or shown during the lesson
  3. To spend some time getting ready to mentally accept a better level of performance after the lesson

I’m sure you have realised by now that all three of those things listed above – are fairly easy things to do – but you would be extremely surprised at just how many golfer’s around the world book in for golf lessons

Without doing at least one or two of those things first

Although considering most golfers are under the impression that they will play worse after a golf lesson – something I wrote about in this post – it’s probably not surprising that they don’t do the third one that often

Ultimately, the golfer’s that don’t do any of those things before booking a golf lesson are generally the ones who will then spend the next 30 or 40 years telling everyone that:

“They had a lesson once and it didn’t help at all” or “I couldn’t play at all after my golf lesson”

So if you are considering having golf lessons for the first time or you have had some before that didn’t really provide the improvement you were looking for in your game and you are looking to book a golf lesson with another teacher

Take a few a minutes before you go to book, phone or email them

To read this extremely popular post first which will help reinforce what I’m suggesting

Then sit quietly somewhere and make a commitment to yourself – that you will be ready to learn as well as you can, you will spend at least some time after the lesson implementing the ideas you are given and most importantly – get used to the fact that you can actually become a better golfer than you are now with the help of a good golf teacher and some application on your part

Once you have done all that, get on with booking your lesson as soon as possible!

Which brings me nicely to the day of your lesson, as to get the most out of your golf lesson – there are a couple of things that you can do before you start

The first of which is to take all of your current golf clubs that you are using to the lesson

Personally I like to look through all of the clubs in a golfer’s bag before I start their first lesson so that I can get a good idea of whether some or all of their problems in their game

Are caused by ill-fitting, damaged or more commonly non-matching clubs in the bag

I’m going to go into that subject in a bit more depth another day but until then I will give you a little illustration of how that plays out by using the example of a golfer I helped a while back

Their reason for booking a golf lesson was that they were looking for ‘more consistency’ in their game – which is a fairly common reason that golfers have lessons

Inside the golfers bag there was:

A “brand a” driver that had a regular flex graphite shaft and an oversize grip

A “brand b” #3 wood that had a stiff flex graphite shaft and a midsize grip

A “brand a” #5 wood that had a regular flex steel shaft and a standard grip

A “brand c” #7 wood that had an extra-stiff flex graphite shaft and an oversize grip

The #5 iron to wedge were “brand d” with regular flex steel shafts and standard grips

The sand iron was “brand e” with a stiff flex graphite shaft and a midsize grip

None of which had been custom fitted for the 6 foot 5 inch, 230 pound guy using them

Now even if you are only very new to the game of golf and have very little knowledge about golf clubs – I’m guessing that it will seem fairly reasonable to you

That the massive variation in the golfers bag – of having 5 different brands of clubs, 4 different shaft flexes (between regular to extra-stiff flex) which overall meant 6 different shaft weights and flex points – topped off by having 3 different grip sizes

Might have been contributing to the golfers ‘lack of consistency’ on the golf course?

You can be sure that it was definitely having an effect on this guy’s game – especially the #7 wood with the extra-stiff flex graphite shaft and oversize grip

I couldn’t believe that was even in his golf bag for a start!

Something that may not have been picked up by a lot of golf teachers who don’t ask that their golfers bring all of their clubs to each and every lesson – as I make a point of doing

I’d certainly suggest that it’s a good idea to take them all the first time anyway

There is one more reason why it is a good idea to take all of your golf clubs to your golf lessons – that doesn’t have anything to do with how closely matched your clubs should be to enable you to get consistency in your game

Which I am going to take a look at in ‘How to get the most out of your golf lessons – part five’

Until then

Play well

 

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